Faith Community Nurse
So, a little bit about my background as a nurse: I graduated from Colorado State University at Pueblo (called Southern Colorado State University in 1975) with an Associate Degree in Nursing at the age of 19. I started working at St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo doing coronary care, intensive care, and the operating room. I returned to school for a bachelor degree in psychology.
I met my husband, Wayne, a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, and for the first time left Colorado to follow his career. I took that opportunity to attend Wright State University to study accounting while still working as a nurse in the operating room at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. I passed the Certified Public Accountants exam, and worked for a time with a public accounting firm in Ohio.
We moved to the greater Chicago area to follow his career and to raise our two boys. I was employed as a nurse caring for acutely and chronically ill children and babies.
In 1996, we finally returned home to Colorado. Since returning I have worked as a nurse first children in hospice care, in oncology, organ transplant, emergency room, education, and most recently intensive care. I returned to school, again, to obtain my Masters in Nursing in 2006 from the University of Phoenix. I have been a nurse for 42 years.
As far as faith background, growing up, I went to the Wiley Church of the Brethren, now called Wiley Community Church. I remember riding my bike there to teach Vacation Bible School during the summer months. My mother and I helped in the kitchen for events.
When my husband was stationed at Wright Patterson AFB, we joined College Hill Community Church. My husband and I were baptized there and our son, Alex, had his dedication there before we moved to Chicago.
In Chicago, we went to a Lutheran church in Schaumburg.
After moving back to Colorado we spent some time trying to find a church, and finally decided on Colorado Community Church. We are members there, and both of us actively participate in the programs the church offers. My husband teaches Sunday school, and I help him when I am able. We brought our children up in that church, and Alex, though not a member, goes to that church.
I feel very blessed to be hired here at Augustana. I so look forward to meeting you and hearing your stories.
Contact Jodie at 303-388-4678 ext. 106 or by email.